Burton W. Peretti
- Title: The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America
- Author: Burton W. Peretti
- ISBN: 9780252064210
- Page: 410
- Format: Paperback
As musicians, listeners, and scholars have sensed for many years, the story of jazz is than a history of the music Peretti presents a fascinating account of how the racial and cultural dynamics of American cities created the music, life, and business that was jazz.
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The Creation of Jazz by Burton W. Peretti presents a study of the creation of Jazz within its cultural context. Many historians and jazz musicians seem to question whether historians will ever be able to write a comprehensive and accurate history of jazz since early sources are scarce and interpretations are highly varied. Peretti argues that it is possible to gain an understanding of it by examining the social and musical changes surrounding its development. As a social phenomenon, it can great [...]
If only because it utterly debunks the hopelessly simplistic narrative forwarded by Burns/Marsalis/Crouch, this work should be vastly better known. Written with utter lucidity and persuasiveness, this is a smart work of cultural studies. Judiciously weighing a variety of kinds of evidence, Peretti advances some clear but tentative theses about jazz in the first four decades of the twentieth century. He never advances beyond what the evidence will bear, yet in taking a fresh look at some old docu [...]
Such boring writing. The only way it could put you to sleep faster is if Henry Kissinger was reading it out loud.
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